St.Patrick's Day 2024, Mullingar Parade.

Thank you to all who came out to cheer us on, at the parade in Mullingar. We were very lucky with the weather & we had a most enjoyable day. We look forward to bringing lots more colour to next year's parade. Well done to the event's organising committee, thank you for all of your hard work.

Bewley's Big Coffee Morning Social For Hospice 2024

This year's coffee morning is on 26th & 27th September, we will be on the Market Square Mullingar, so please pop by our stand & lend your support to your local hospice. If you would like to be a host for hospice, please contact our office directly at: 085 7863891 or email us at: info@northwestmeathhospice.ie. Thank you once again, for your support of your local hospice homecare services.

Hospice BBQ Friday 2nd Aug 2024

Details to follow, so watch this space!.

Thank you for your ongoing support of your local Hospice services.

SUNFLOWER DAYS 2024 street collection & HOST A HOSPICE SUNFLOWER FUN DAY THIS JUNE & HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR NORTH WESTMEATH HOSPICE

We look forward to our national sunflower days collection, on 7th & 8th June from 9am to 6pm. Please watch out for our volunteers at various collection stations on the streets of Mullingar and beyond. Once again, we thank you for your ongoing support of the North Westmeath Hospice.

All donations directly help your local hospice palliative care team. We are extremely grateful for your ongoing support.

Media release                                                                                                                    April 2024                      

HOST A HOSPICE SUNFLOWER FUN DAY THIS JUNE & HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR NORTH WESTMEATH HOSPICE

Schools, Pre-Schools, Montessori’s and Creches from Westmeath and beyond can support North Westmeath Hospice by hosting a Hospice Sunflower Fun Day this June to coincide with Hospice Sunflower Days

Together for Hospice, The National Hospice Movement is delighted to announce that Hospice Sunflower Days is returning for its 34th year this June and as part of this year’s campaign they are calling on schools, pre-schools, Montessori’s and creches throughout the country to take part and host their own Hospice Sunflower Fun Day to help raise vital funds for their local hospice or homecare service.

To launch the new initiative Hospice Sunflower Days Ambassador, Maia Dunphy, enjoyed a fun morning at her son Tom’s school, St. Christopher’s Primary School, Ballsbridge, Dublin for the very first  Hospice Sunflower Fun Day. Maia, and all at St. Christopher’s, are encouraging other schools, pre-schools, Montessori’s and creches across the country to get involved by hosting their own Hospice Sunflower Fun Day this June to raise vital funds for their local hospice service.

Participating schools, pre-schools, Montessori’s and creches will pick a date in June to host a Hospice Sunflower Fun Day inviting their students to wear something yellow and asking families to make a €2 donation, or whatever they can afford, with all funds raised going directly to their local hospice or homecare service. As a thank you for taking part in the initiative, schools, pre-schools, Montessori’s and creches will be provided with a Hospice Sunflower Fun Day pack which will include resources for the day, sunflower seeds for the children to plant, some helpful planting tips as well as fun sunflower themed colouring pages to enjoy!   

Hospice Sunflower Days Ambassador, Maia Dunphy, said, “I’ve had a brilliant morning here at St. Christopher’s Primary School and all the students and staff had great fun dressing up in yellow, and planting their seeds to mark this new initiative! You too can get involved and join the fun by registering online at www.sunflowerdays.ie to take part in your own Sunflower Fun Day this June and remember every euro raised locally stays locally so you really are making a difference at a local level.”

Speaking about the new initiative, Teresa Collentine, Executive, North Westmeath Hospice, commented, “We are delighted that the Hospice Sunflower Days campaign is returning for its 34th year this June and we are calling on all schools, pre-schools, Montessori’s and creches from the area to get involved by hosting their own Hospice Sunflower Fun Day to help to raise vital funds for our services allowing us to continue to provide care and support to our patients and their families.”

Hospices nationwide need to raise approximately €20 million each year to provide their patient centred care and as our population ages, demand for specialist hospice and palliative homecare services continues to grow. In 2023 alone, Hospice services across Ireland cared for over 18,350 patients and their families, a 6% increase on 2022 figures, and made over 87,000 specialist palliative homecare visits to patient's homes, a 2% increase on 2022 figures.

Together for Hospice coordinates the national Hospice Sunflower Days campaign and allfunds raised play a vital role in supporting hospices to continue caring for patients and their families nationwide, with every euro raised locally, staying locally. The funds raised allow hospices to innovate, build new facilities, develop new services, and deliver quality improvements and extra benefits for their patients and their family members.

Together for Hospice represents 26 Hospice and specialistpalliative home care providers across Ireland and exists to bring Ireland’s hospice sector together so that everyone in every community has access to exceptional care.

For further information on how your school, pre-school, Montessori or creche can register to take part and host a Hospice Sunflower Fun Day to support North Westmeath Hospice this June simply log onto www.sunflowerdays.ie You can also help by supporting the Hospice Sunflower Days on-street collections that will taking place on Friday, 7th and Saturday, 8th June 2024.

#SunflowerDays

THINK AHEAD-ADVANCE CARE PLANNING

Advance Care Planning packs are now available online, directly from the Irish Hospice Foundation at the following email address; http://thinkahead.ie

If you need any further information on this topic, please contact us at info@northwestmeathhospice.ie

We are more than happy to assist you.

Remembrance Tree 2023

Remember your loved ones at Mullingar’s Remembrance Tree

The Mullingar Rotary Club together with the North Westmeath Hospice CLG, are once again hosting the annual Remembrance Tree event at Dominick Place, Mullingar. Members of the public are invited to place a   yellow ribbon on the tree, to represent the precious memory of a loved one who has passed.

It is a major fundraising initiative for both the North Westmeath Hospice CLG and The Rotary Club, to help with their work for the local Hospice and for local charities.  A Mass & a Service will be held in January for all those whose names have been placed on the ribbons.

All those working on behalf of the Mullingar Rotary Club and the North Westmeath Hospice CLG, wish everyone in Mullingar a Very Happy Christmas and a Safe & Prosperous New Year.

Hampers for Hospice 2023- Thank you all!

Coffee morning social for hospice 2022

Thank you to the public who donated to the hospice, on 22nd & 23rd September on the Market Square Mullingar. Thank you to all who helped with the coffee and to those who donated cakes & treats for this event; to local schools & businesses who hosted coffee mornings for hospice & to our hospice branch in Delvin for all your hard work, we are truly grateful to you all. All donations made at local level, remain local with our Palliative Home Care Services.

Government funding for the new Midlands Regional Hospice

It was with great joy that the members of North Westmeath Hospice CLG heard the recent announcement by Taoiseach Micheal Martin  that the government is committing €20 million in  Capital Funding to the building of a Level 3 Hospice for the population of the Midlands Region. This facility will cater for all individuals in the area who need such  care at the end of life. It will be a 20 bed unit situated in the grounds of the MRHospital Tullamore and the plan currently is for it to be completed in 2025. 

This new Midlands Regional Hospice will be the hub and it will support the already excellent services which are provided in the community by the Local Palliative Care teams and Primary Care Teams. 

North Westmeath Hospice CLG along with the voluntary Hospice Committees in South Westmeath, Longford Laois and Offaly have long advocated for this Level 3 Unit. These groups have also been supported by Tullamore Lions Club through their drive "Hooves for Hospice" where they have raised over €1 million towards the project.  

A great tribute is due to the local fundraising groups and individuals, the medical staff and the politicians in the area for continuously striving to raise awareness and funds to  achieve the best possible care for people in our communities and their families who need specialist Palliative Care at the end of life.

From 1990 to 2022 How Our End of Life Hospice Care Has Developed for Those who Need it in the Midlands 

Since the early 1990's voluntary fundraising has been carried out to ensure that the people of the region are given the best possible end of life care. This work began with the employment of a Palliative Care Nurse in the Westmeath area funded entirely by voluntary donations. This has progressed to the development of a complete Community Care Palliative Care Team which is Consultant Lead. and now funded by the HSE and supported by the North Westmeath Hospice CLG.  This Palliative Care  Team works seamlessly with the Primary Care Teams, Hospitals and Nursing Homes in the area The Midlands remains the only place in the country which doesn't have a Level 3 Hospice Unit.  Such a Facility ensures that patients get priority special care that meets their needs at the end of life and gives respite and support to their families. 

On meeting the delegation from North Westmeath Hospice Stephen Donnelly Minister for Health fully acknowledged the tremendous work done by the 5 Fundraising Hospice Groups in the region. He realised that these fundraising efforts needed the support of the government therefore  he sought their approval  to commit €20 million to this work. The North Westmeath Hospice group is delighted that this work will now proceed and a Midlands Regional Hospice will be built and will cater for the needs of the region across all levels of end of life care . Due regard needs to be given to everyone who has worked tirelessly to achieve this goal. This would not have happened without every euro donated by the public, the volunteers, our public representatives, the medical and social care teams and above all the patients and their families. For the Midlands it's a Red Letter Day to know that those most in need will get the best care possible close to home at end of life. 

Photo: Robert Troy TD, Teresa Collentine NWH Executive, Margaret Claffey NWH Chairperson, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, Veronica Larkin NWH Executive and John Shaw NWH Executive.

Photo Credit: John McCauley

Disability Booklet by local Author Breda Hussey

Our friend and colleague Breda Hussey, has created this booklet to raise awareness of the issues around disability. This is a cause close to Breda's heart and she is an advocate for those with disabilities. Breda has spent several months on this project which was recently published and will be available in the near future, for all members of the general public. We look forward to the official launch of this booklet and we will then share links with you, as to where you can get a copy. Breda hopes to roll it out in schools first and then to the wider community. Congratulations to Breda on getting her work published, yet again.